Flash drought: ‘Really wet to really dry, really fast’, and even as the amount of damage increases, governments and residents have less time to repair before the next storm hits

Luebehusen plotted what experts call a “flash drought.” While not fully understood, these quick-developing droughts might be another signature of climate change. Experts say a flash drought often begins as a pin-sized swelter in one county, then expands like an amoeba across the landscape. The droughts are often accompanied by erratic precipitation over sharply defined geographic areas. The downpours can …

How long will these salmon be here?

NYTimes, Sept 2019 Many experts believe the orcas are starving in large part because of the decline of wild salmon. This year alone, their number has dropped from 76 to 73, alarming conservationists and scientists. Last year, an orca mother carried a dead calf for 17 days on her back. She was presumed to be grieving. “The best thing you …

Slimy lakes and dead dogs: climate crisis has brought the season of toxic algae

Warming water and pollution are contributing to a variety of harmful bacteria that can wreak havoc on aquatic environments Susie Cagle in San Francisco 19 Sep 2019, The Guardian From New York City to coastal California, a poison-producing living slime is overtaking waterways and shorelines, killing pets, ravaging tourism markets and making its way into local drinking water. So far this …

Fire and hail push insurers to rethink climate change risks

Lena Masri, Reuters, Sept 2019 LONDON (Reuters) – By the time David Kaisel got back from selling his flour at a farmers’ market, a wildfire in California’s Capay Valley had burned both his tractor and the shipping container where he kept some tools. His insurer is set to pay out a sixth of his losses.An aerial image shows the damage …

How long will it take to recover from the extinction that we’re causing through climate change and other methods? Millions of years, say scientists, who also urge immediate, decisive action to tackle deoxygenation in oceans

April 2019, EcoWatch It Will Take 10 Million Years to Recover From This Man-Made Apocalypse,  Guest Contributor Apr. 17, 2019 SCIENCE By Jordan Davidson The climate crisis has us spiraling towards higher temperatures while also knocking out marine life and insect species at an alarming rate that continues to accelerate. But, just how long will it take Earth to recover? A new study offers …

Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days (2019)

Extreme heat is poised to rise steeply in frequency and severity over the coming decades, bringing unprecedented health risks for people and communities across the country. DOWNLOAD, Full report, Environmental Research Communications research article, Información disponible en español Explore interactive maps of the analysis  County-specific results are available for each of the 3,109 counties in the contiguous United States for …

Climate change could cost the U.S. 10.5% of its GDP by 2100, study finds

Seattle passed a 12 page GND resolution. It affirms a federal GND and calls for the government to enact policies. The hard part will be financing it at the city and state level. It’s been exciting to watch frontline communities and others working out the details. They are now creating an oversight committee that will work out even more details. …

Hurricanes hit the poor the hardest

Eleanor Krause and Richard V. Reeves. Brookings Institute, Sept 18, 2017 Hurricane Harvey displaced more than 30,000 people, was responsible for at least 70 deaths, and is expected to cost between $70 and $108 billion. The economic damages from Hurricane Irma might be even higher.  As hurricanes and other extreme weather events become more commonplace (and as coastal population density grows), so too do the costs associated with …

Heat Deaths Jump in Southwest United States, Puzzling Officials. Other Heat Deaths in Hurricane’s Wake

By Christopher Flavelle and Nadja Popovich, Aug. 26, 2019, NYTimes.com WASHINGTON — Heat-related deaths have increased sharply since 2014 in Nevada and Arizona, raising concerns that the hottest parts of the country are struggling to protect their most vulnerable residents from global warming. In Arizona, the annual number of deaths attributed to heat exposure more than tripled, from 76 deaths in 2014 to …